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Francis J. Murray

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Francis J. Murray Obituary
Murray, Fr. Francis J.; of Jackson; passed away Monday, June 2, 2014; at the age of 87 years. He was born in Kalamazoo, MI, the son of Dennis F. And Dorothea (Kempf) Murray. He attended St. Augustine Elementary and High School in Kalamazoo. He then attended seminaries in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Plymouth, and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1951, in Lansing, MI, by Bishop Joseph H. Albers. He served as Associate Pastor at parishes in Flint, Jackson, and Lansing. In 1958, he earned a MSW degree from Catholic University, Washington DC. He became the first Pastor of St. Ann Church, Gull Lake, and founded the Catholic Social Service of Kalamazoo in 1958 and was its’ first Director. In 1965, he was transferred to Lansing to be Director of St. Vincent Home for Children and the Office of Social and Community Services (now Catholic Charities) of the Diocese of Lansing. Under his direction, lay professional Social Workers were hired to be the Directors of the local agencies in Flint, Lansing, and Kalamazoo. The Jackson agency was established in 1968. In 1970, he was named Pastor of St. Therese Parish, Lansing and remained there nine years. He was transferred to St. John the Evangelist Parish, Jackson in 1979. He served as Pastor there until going to St. Mary Parish, Manchester in 1990. He was a member of various Diocesan committees and was State Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus in 1960-62. He attained Senior Priest status in 1997 to live in Jackson. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church, with Bishop of Lansing, The Most Rev. Earl Boyea as the Celebrant. Interment will follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 1 to 9 p.m. at St. John Catholic Church. Donations in his memory may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church or to the Interfaith Shelter in Jackson. www.desnoyerfuneralhome.com
Published in Heritage Newspapers on June 5, 2014
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